By WIFS Member

Don’t you just love when one of your favorite movies comes on TV ... a movie that you haven’t seen in a while, but always makes you smile when you watch it? Well, that is how I feel about the movie “Shawshank Redemption”. I absolutely love this movie. Aside from the fact that Morgan Freeman is one of my favorite actors, there are so many lessons this movie has to offer. One example is when Andy (Tim Robbins) says to Red (Morgan Freeman), “I guess it comes down a simple choice: Get busy living, or get busy dying.” When I look back at 2017, that statement really wraps up some of what I have learned. As this year winds to a close, I fully understand that I have a choice. I can get busy living or get busy dying — it is totally up to me. In that spirit, as I start to think about the lessons I have learned for the year, I hope you will find these “living” lessons are as powerful to you as they have been to me.

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By Sheryl Brown, Director of Social Media Development

I’m finally ready to talk about something very personal. Something which affected my home even though I work in financial services.

On Friday, May 5, 2017, my mother-in-law, Mary Madjlessi, died at 2:45am in a state-aided nursing home. She died in a bed just 10 feet from another resident. There was no privacy when we grieved; there was a sheet hanging from the ceiling. When she died it was all very business-like: Collect her things and move her out; there was another person waiting for her bed, and they needed it that day.

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By Meghan Wilke

I write this from one of the most humble places you'll find me (because, let's face it, I'm not that humble). You can't be successful, have great kids, great friends and have it all if you don't have the courage to risk it all. The only force on this earth strong enough to humble me is my own ego. My own desire to do more, be more and prove points has taken me to places I could have never imagined.I write this from one of the most humble places you'll find me (because, let's face it, I'm not that humble). You can't be successful, have great kids, great friends and have it all if you don't have the courage to risk it all. The only force on this earth strong enough to humble me is my own ego. My own desire to do more, be more and prove points has taken me to places I could have never imagined.

At 9PM is when I am at my weakest. My "work day" is done but I have so much more work to do, my kids are in bed, and I have a moment alone with my thoughts and my calendar. These are the times where I feel I'm going to fail before I've given it my all and where any negative feedback from the day sinks in and can convince me I’m not strong enough. Sometimes the weight of it all pushes me straight to the Rosé, but if I focus my energy on positive affirmations and gratitude I can see through the madness to the beauty of it all.

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